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October 4, 1973 |
|Occupation||Film director, visual artist, researcher, writer|
Sandy Amerio (born October 4, 1973) is a film director, visual artist, researcher and writer.
Sandy Amerio studied video at the école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole (1996 to 1999) and film directing at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains (2000 to 2002).
In her first movie Surfing on (our) History (2000), Amerio confronted her family with its own image. The film developed contemporary drama themes such as a loss of grip on History. Amerio "gives a very clever answer to the question often asked in the documentary: is my life a novel?"
Her second movie Waiting Time /Romania (2001) also features non-actors playing themselves, this time in Romania.
In 2004 Amerio introduced a business storytelling concept in France with her film Hear me, children-yet-to-be-born (2004) featuring Nancye Ferguson, James C.Burns (and Black Sifichi as voice-over) in a Death Valley corporate tale. In this movie, a manager tells to an assembly a story that arrived to him during his last business trip to the Dead Sea with the aim of laying off the employees who listen to him. Amerio cuts deep into the heartless cost-benefit analysis of corporate storytelling, and her experimental approach pays off as "it will stick in the brain long after the latest Hollywood blockbuster is forgotten." She wrote her first book on business storytelling including texts of considered American storytellers like Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Doug Stevenson and Diana Hartley.
Between 2008 and 2010 she worked with the French writer Patrick Bouvet on the reading/audiovisual performance Wandering Souls. Mixing poetical texts, graphic works and music, Amerio and Bouvet revisited how the United States constructed interior and exterior enemies, browsing through history, from the Second World War to the present day, from horror films to amateur videos.
Between 2010 and 2012 Amerio was asked by the école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole to join the research group F For Real to investigate concepts of reality and fiction. Amerio inititated the Restage Replay Reload creation process, with the Japanese world war two reenactor Hiroki Nakazato. She directed and edited the movie DRAGOONED, a documentary on hard core reenactment practice, presented at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (Forum Expanded).
Sandy Amerio is a film director and visual artist. With an anthropological approach and through narratives, she confronts contemporary society to the aesthetic codes and issues that circulate within it, in order to analyze the deeply heterogeneous and violent nature of our realities.
- Annick Peigné-Giuly, "Docu de haute tenue", Libération, July 10, 2002
- Kevin Temple, "One freaky corporate fable", NOW, February 16–23, 2006
- Peter Goddard, French video changes the bottom line, Toronto Star, January 12, 2006
- Amerio, Sandy (2004). Storytelling, sensitive index for non representative agora. Paris: Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Espace Paul Ricard. ISBN 2-84056-168-9.